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Ithaca College Choir Will Give Free Performance of Bach's Mass in B Minor

ITHACA, NY — After performing Bach’s Mass in B Minor at the Music Center at Strathmore near Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia’s Church of the Holy Trinity, the Ithaca College Choir will return home to Ford Hall on Monday, Oct. 18, and offer a reprise performance of Bach’s masterpiece. Free and open to the public, the concert will begin at 7:30 p.m., with a pre-concert lecture by professor of music theory, history, and composition Mark A. Radice taking place in Ford Hall at 7 p.m.

In addition to the Ithaca College Choir, the performance will feature a chamber orchestra composed of students, faculty and guest artists and seven faculty vocal soloists: sopranos Carol McAmis, Deborah Montgomery-Cove and Patrice Pastore; mezzo-soprano Jennifer Kay; tenor David Parks; and baritones Randie Blooding and Brad Hougham.

“Bach’s Mass in B Minor is one of the monumental works in music history for choral musicians, instrumental musicians and soloists alike,” said Lawrence Doebler, professor and director of the music school’s choral activities. “The work is very difficult and complex in both its size and scope. It’s a tribute to the Ithaca College School of Music that we have such a high caliber of student and faculty musicians capable of providing this extraordinary performance opportunity.”

Under Doebler’s 33 years of leadership, the Ithaca College Choir has toured extensively throughout the Eastern, Southern and Midwestern United States, as well as venues in Europe. In addition to its appearances at Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully and Avery Fisher Halls, the choir has performed at the American Choral Directors Association in Providence, the Music Educators National Conference in Baltimore and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. As director of the music school’s choral activities, Doebler has also conducted the Ithaca College Choral Union and Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Verdi’s “Requiem,” performed at Avery Fisher Hall with soprano Sharon Sweet (MM ’78), mezzo-soprano Leah Summers, tenor David Parks and baritone Randie Blooding.

A graduate of Oberlin Conservatory and Washington University, Doebler began his professional career in 1969 at Smith College. He came to Ithaca College in 1977 after seven years at the University of Wisconsin and received numerous awards for research and teaching excellence from both institutions. He has appeared throughout the Eastern and Midwestern United States and Ireland as a clinician and guest conductor.

Since its founding in 1892 as a Conservatory of Music, Ithaca College has remained dedicated to attracting the most talented young musicians and then immersing them in an advanced culture of musical learning. School of Music alumni include symphony, opera and Broadway performers; faculty members and deans at foremost universities and colleges; teachers in school systems throughout the country; music therapists; composers; publicists; audio engineers in professional studios; and managers in the music industry.

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